Be Welcome Be Warm

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Nothing warms the soul like a warm beverage on a cold winter’s day. Give guests a hearty and warm welcome with this beautiful cross-stitched greeting.

Materials

  • Wichelt Imports Antique Ivory 28-count Jobelan, 17 x 10”
  • Crescent Colours 6-Strand Hand-dyed Floss
  • Kreinik Mfg. Blending Filament

Tools

  • Embroidery needle

Stitch Type

  • Blended Needle: 1 strand floss/1 strand blending filament
  • Cross-stitch: 2 strands

Basic Supplies

scissors

Directions

Size / Stitch Count

Approximate finished size: 10-3/4”x3-5/8”; Stitch count: 151 w x 52 h

Be Welcome Be Warm

1. Print cross-stitch chart and key. (Note: The blue words “chart” and “key” are links. To access these, select the link, then download and print items.)

2. Stitch design centered on fabric over two threads.

3. Finish as desired.

Tip

You can find hand-dyed Crescent Colours fibers online at www.everythingcrossstitch.com  and www.123stitch.com.

by Lynda Orme for Forever In My Heart

Winter Memories Mini Album

While I’m definitely longing for spring, I am taking advantage of the cold weather to work on some snowy, wintry projects.

It’s Jill Cornell here today with a little mini album of my girls going sledding last year. The girls have bright pink and lavender coats and snowsuits, so I made my product choices based on those colors. Bright colors also help combat the drab winter grey this time of year! (I used the Girl Land Collection from Webster’s Pages for this album.)

I love creating quick and simple mini albums where my photos take center stage. I covered pages of the album with patterned paper and then punched snowflakes and added jewels and alphabet stickers as needed.

I also used phrase tags from Elle’s Studio and journaling cards from Webster’s Pages.

My daughter that is in lavender had various shades of purple on her pages.

And I brought out the pink with my other daughter in her favorite color. Before I covered each chipboard page with patterned paper, I machine-stitched the edges of the paper for extra texture.

I added a space for journaling at the end of the album. The girls just love looking through it and remembering a fun time sledding and making snow angels.

Happy crafting!

Jill Cornell from Blessed Scrapper (www.jillcornell.blogspot.com)

Snowman Slate

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

The party’s tonight!!! Frosty just popped in with a friendly reminder about this winter-wonderland bash! Use this memo board to remember important events all season long.

Materials

  • Slate with wooden frame, 6-1/4”x8-1/2”
  • Cork sheet, 12”x12”, 1/8″ thick
  • Plaid Apple Barrel Acrylic Paints: Black, White, Valentine Pink, Berry Red, Harvest Orange, Regency Blue, Nutmeg Brown
  • Plaid fabric with torn edges, 2”x24”
  • Craft sticks, three
  • Toner Icy Silver Fun Wire, 18-gauge, 18” length
  • Snowflake confetti
  • White push pins, two
  • Chalk

Tools

  • Sawtooth hanger
  • Drill with 1/16” bit
  • Krylon Crystal Clear Acrylic Coating
  • Black ultra-fine-tip permanent marker
  • Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive

Basic Supplies

sandpaper, soft cloth, toothpick, pencil with new eraser, masking tape, paintbrush

Directions

Size

9″x12″

Snowman Slate

1. Drill hole in one corner of frame and in center of each craft stick. Sand lightly; wipe dust with soft cloth.

2. Basecoat frame Regency Blue and craft sticks White. (Note: Tape around inside edges of frame to protect slate from paint.) Use pencil eraser to add large White dots and toothpick to add small White dots as shown.

3. Print and cut out patterns. (Note: The blue word “patterns” is a link. To access these patterns, select the link, then download and print items.) Cut shapes as indicated on patterns. Basecoat head White, nose Harvest Orange, and mittens Berry Red. Drybrush cheeks Valentine Pink; add White dots. Drybrush mitten edges Nutmeg Brown. Transfer details to face and mittens; trace with marker.

4. Place slate on flat work surface with drilled hole at bottom right. Adhere hanger to back of slate. Insert wire through hole from back to front. For snowflake, insert wire through craft sticks; fan out to shape. Curl ½” length at end of wire; pull remaining wire to back. Wind wire back around to front and wrap end around chalk several times.

5. Adhere nose to face, and face and mittens to slate. Wrap scarf around neck. Adhere snowflake confetti to snowflake and tops of push pins. Push one pin into each mitten.

Tip

  • If necessary, adhere cardboard to back of cork sheet for added stiffness.

by Barbara Matthiessen

Paper Bag Snowman

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Recycling brown paper bags has its advantages – especially when you create this sparkling snow friend!

Materials

  • Large brown paper bag
  • Delta Ceramcoat Acrylic Paints: Light Ivory, Charcoal, Dark Goldenrod, Tomato Spice
  • Fiberfill stuffing
  • Black craft wire, 36” length
  • Red/white plaid wire-edged ribbon (scarf), 1-1/4” wide, 15-1/2” length
  • Cedar sprigs, three
  • Twigs (arms), 2-1/2” long, two
  • Artificial red berry cluster
  • Raffia, three strands
  • Gold jingle bell, 13mm
  • Red buttons, 1/2”, three

Tools

  • Loew-Cornell American Painter Paintbrushes: Wash, Series 4550, 1/2”; Round, Series 4000, #3; Liner, Series 4350, #0; Deerfoot Stippler, 1/4” or 3/8”
  • Matte interior spray varnish
  • Glitter: Iridescent crystal glitter, DecoArt Glamour Dust Ultra-Fine Crystal Glitter
  • Black fine-tip marker
  • Paper adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, pencil

Directions

Size

11″ tall

Snowman

1. Print and cut out pattern. Cut snowman from bag as indicated. Adhere edges of snowman pieces together, leaving top 5” open.

2. Basecoat snowman Light Ivory. Transfer details. Paint nose Dark Goldenrod. Dot eyes and mouth Charcoal. Use deerfoot stippler to drybrush cheeks Tomato Spice. Use liner and Light Ivory to add highlight dots to eyes, cheeks, and nose. Use black fine-tip marker to draw eyebrows and outline nose. Apply varnish to snowman; sprinkle with glitters. Let dry.

3. Stuff bag with fiberfill. Use paintbrush handle to stuff bottom areas. Adhere arms inside body and remaining edges together. Wrap scarf around neck, crossing and adhering at center. Adhere cedar sprigs and berries to scarf and buttons to body.

4. For hanger, wrap wire around pencil to curl. Twist ends around arms to secure. Tie raffia bow at top of hanger. Adhere jingle bell to bow.

by Susan Cousineau

Cardinal “Guest” Towel

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Bright and cheery, the flaming red feathers of a cardinal are breathtaking on a fresh blanket of winter snow. Stitch this beautiful cardinal towel to brighten your guests’ day and show them they are truly special.

Materials

  • White hand towel with 14-count Aida band
  • DMC 6-Strand Embroidery Floss

Tools

  • Embroidery Needle

Stitch Type

  • Backstitch: 1 strand
  • Cross-stitch: 2 strands
  • French Knots: 1 strand (wrapped two times)

Basic Supplies

scissors

Directions

size / stitch Count

Approximate finished size: 11-1/4”x2-1/2”; stitch count: 158 w x 35 h

Towel

1. Print cross-stitch chart and key. (Note: The blue words “chart” and “key” are links. To access these, select the link, then download and print items.)

2. Stitch design centered on band.

3. Backstitch bird’s eye using 1 strand DMC 310 Black. Backstitch all other using DMC 801 Coffee Brown, Dk.

4. Stitch French Knot using 1 strand DMC 747 Sky Blue, Vy. Lt., wrapped two times.

by Pamela Kellogg

Snowman Doormat

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

While adding charm to your outdoor winter décor, this easy-to-paint snowman will greet your guests with a great big smile!

Materials

  • Black doormat, 18”x24”
  • DecoArt Patio Paints Outdoor Acrylic Paints: Hydrangea Blue, Petunia Purple, Fuchsia, Cloud White, Wrought Iron Black

Tools

  • Round scrubber paintbrushes: sizes #0, #4, #6
  • Posterboard, 18”x24”

Basic Supplies

scissors

Closeup

Directions

STEP 1

For stencil, print and cut out pattern. Fold poster board in half. Trace patterns onto poster board; cut out.

STEP 2

For snowman, center stencil on mat, aligning bottom edges. Use #6 to stencil snowman edges using Hydrangea Blue. Use circular scrubbing motion to force paint into grooves in mat. Remove template.

STEP 3

Cut out hat cuff section of template. Fit inside snowman outline. Use #4 to stencil upper and lower edges Wrought Iron Black. Paint hat sections Hydrangea Blue. While still wet, highlight Cloud White. Paint pom-pom Petunia Purple; highlight Cloud White. Paint nose and cheeks Fuchsia. Use #0 to paint eyes and smile Wrought Iron Black.

STEP 4

For border, position snowflake stencil as desired. Use #4 to stencil edges Hydrangea Blue. Use #4 and #6 to paint snowflakes Cloud White. Paint Fuchsia and Petunia Purple dots around snowflakes and hat as desired.

by Annie Lang

Snowman Candle Jar

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Winter usually brings snow… and soon snowmen will pop up everywhere throughout the neighborhood! Paint this adorable Snowman Candle Jar centerpiece to decorate your table and celebrate the winter season!

Materials

  • Glass items: quart jar, flower pot votive candle holder
  • Wooden teardrop, medium
  • Delta Ceramcoat Acrylic Paints: Black, Tangerine, Antique Rose, Antique White
  • Fabrics: green/tan checked, 1”x24”; green/tan/mauve checked, 6” circle
  • Black felt, 6-1⁄2” circle
  • Pine sprigs, 1”-2” long, six
  • Mauve beaded branches, 2” to 2-1⁄2” long, four
  • Mauve berry pick, 2” long
  • Jute twine, 22” length
  • Votive candle

Tools

  • All-purpose sealer
  • Black permanent marker
  • Liner brush
  • Adhesives: Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue, hot glue gun and sticks

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, pencil, sponge, paintbrush, sandpaper, soft cloth, rubber band

Directions

STEP 1

Wash and dry jar. Use sponge to apply sealer to entire outside surface; let dry. Sponge paint jar rim Black and remaining areas Antique White. Basecoat nose Tangerine. Sand nose edges; wipe dust with soft cloth.

STEP 2

Print pattern; transfer face to jar and details to nose. Drybrush cheeks Antique Rose. Paint eyes, eyebrows, lines under eyes, and mouth Black. Use liner brush to add White highlight strokes to cheeks and to add highlight dots to eyes and cheeks. Use marker to trace nose details.

STEP 3

For base, turn jar upside down. Apply craft glue around jar bottom, 1” from edge. Center fabric circle over jar; position rubber band over circle to gather. Let dry, remove rubber band, and tie twine around fabric. Return jar to upright position.

STEP 4

For hat, apply craft glue around jar rim. Cut 1-1⁄2” circle from center of felt circle. Center circle over jar; position rubber band over circle to gather. Let dry, remove rubber band, and tie fabric strip around felt.

STEP 5

Use hot glue gun to glue pine sprigs, beaded branches, and berries to hat as desired. Insert votive candle into holder and place holder in jar.

by Linda Bauer

Polar Bear Slippers

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Perfect for those chilly nights, these soft and furry polar bear slippers are a fun way to keep your feet cozy and warm this winter.

Materials

  • White (adult size) slippers
  • White polar fleece, 1/4 yard
  • Blue/white check ribbon, 1-3/8”, one yard
  • Two-hole buttons: black, 1-1/8”, two, 3/8”, four; white, 7/8”, four; blue, 5/8”, four
  • Silver jingle bells, 3/4”, two

Tools

  • Sewing needle & white thread
  • Polyester stuffing
  • Safety pins, two
  • Circle cutters or circle templates (optional)

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler

Directions

(Note: All sewing is done by hand. For child-size slippers, reduce circle sizes.)

1. For each muzzle, cut 6” polar fleece circle. Sew basting stitch around circle, close to edge; pull stitches to gather. Stuff circle; pull thread ends tightly to form ball around stuffing and knot to secure. Sew large black button to smooth side of muzzle. Make two muzzles; with gathered sides down, sew to front of slippers, near toe.

2. For each ear, cut 3” polar fleece circle; cut in half. Place halves together with right sides together and sew running stitch close to rounded edges to join them, leaving straight edges open. Turn right side out, stuff, and whipstitch straight edge closed. Make four ears; sew to slippers above muzzles at sides.

3. For eyes, sew white, blue, and small black buttons on top of each other above muzzles.

4. Cut ribbon in half and tie bows. Sew jingle bell to center of each. Use safety pins to attach bows to slippers under muzzles. (Note: Remove bows before washing.)

by Mary Ayres

Chilly Snowman PJs

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Br-rr… it’s cold outside! Paint these fantastically fashionable pajamas to keep your child toasty warm this winter.

Materials

  • Light blue child-sized pajamas
  • Plaid FolkArt Acrylic Paints: Licorice, Orange Poppy, Teal Green, Periwinkle, Wicker White

Tools

  • Plaid FolkArt Textile Medium
  • Plaid Bottle Top Tip Writers (30728)
  • Paintbrushes: #4 flat, #6 round
  • Iron and pressing surface

Basic Supplies

cardboard, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

Print and cut out pattern; transfer to pajama top. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to mix textile medium with paints. Insert cardboard scrap inside pajamas to prevent paint from bleeding through. Use flat brush to paint Wicker White and Licorice checked border.

STEP 2

Use round brush to paint head Wicker White, nose Orange Poppy, hat Teal Green, and scarf Periwinkle. Following manufacturer’s instructions, use bottle top tip writer and Licorice to paint details, outlines, and lettering.

STEP 3

When dry, mix a drop of Licorice with Wicker White to make light gray; spatter paint painted areas of top. Let dry 48 hours; heat set with warm iron.

by Kirsten Jones

Snowman Tea Towel

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Appliqué this cheery snowman tea towel to liven up your winter décor. His smiling face is sure to melt the hearts of your guests over a nice warm cup of tea.

Materials

  • Blue/white checked tea towel
  • Fabric scraps: white, blue, orange prints
  • Two-hole buttons, two each: black, 1/4”; red, 9/16”
  • Four-hole buttons: white, 11/16”, four
  • Embroidery floss: black, red, white
  • Red grosgrain ribbon, 1/4”, 1 yard

Tools

  • Iron-on adhesive scrap
  • Matching threads
  • No-fray solution
  • Freezer paper
  • Air-soluble marker
  • Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, needle, iron and pressing surface, straight pins

Directions

STEP 1

Print and cut out pattern. Draw snowman and scarf on dull side of freezer paper; cut out. Iron shapes to wrong sides of fabrics.

STEP 2

To prepare appliqués, clip inside points or curves, almost to paper. Use side edge and tip of iron to press seam allowance over freezer paper. For points, press fabric over point first, then press each side to make clean, sharp point. Trim excess fabric at front. When cool, pull back appliqué seam allowance; remove paper. Re-press appliqué.

STEP 3

Pin snowman to towel 2-1/2” from bottom edge. Needleturn stitch around snowman; sew to scarf.

STEP 4

Trace nose onto paper side of iron-on adhesive; cut out 1/4” from traced line. Iron to wrong side of orange fabric; cut out on lines. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to fuse nose to face.

STEP 5

Use matching floss to sew black buttons to face (eyes) and red buttons down center of body.

STEP 6

Draw smile on face with air-soluble marker. Use two strands of black floss to sew running stitch along line. Make two straight stitches for eyebrows.

STEP 7

Cut 1”x6” blue scarf. Apply no-fray solution to long ends; let dry. Fringe 1/2” at each short end; tie strip in loose knot. Adhere knot to snowman’s scarf as shown.

STEP 8

Use four strands of white floss to sew buttons (snowflakes) around snowman, making two or three stitches from each hole for rays.

STEP 9

Cut ribbon length to same width as towel. Tie bow from remaining ribbon; trim ends in “V”. Apply no-fray solution to all cut ends; let dry. Adhere ribbon to towel, covering bottom edge. Adhere bow to ribbon.

Tip

  • Using freezer paper will create a template that sticks to the fabric, so it says in place as you turn up the seam allowance. Then, simply peel it off when you’re done! Your appliqué edges will be smooth and accurate. For extra stability, just add a little spray starch on the turned under seam allowance.

by Chris Malone